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Leptophis Ahaetulla – Parrot Snake or Lora

Photo by Jennifer Lawrence of Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi

First Published: 25th of July, 2021 by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: December 8, 2022 at 18:39 pm

Leptophis ahaetulla, called Parrot Snake or Lora, is a venomous and dangerous serpent found in various parts of Guyana, especially the Rupununi Savannahs. The species is also found in many other countries across South and Central Americas.

We found one of these guys in our front yard the other day! Locally known as the parrot snake, Leptophis ahaetulla is extremely venomous and lethal with rear fangs. Always remember to watch where you are walking and be aware of your surroundings! If you get bitten by a snake, please get to the hospital immediately. Getting medical attention or a reliable form of transportation is difficult here in Region 9 – it’s always wise to have an emergency protocol created with your family members in case something like this happens in which case you would only have 24 hours to get help.

Jennifer Lawrence – Yupukari Village – North Rupununi

According to a number of documentations, the venom of the parrot snake is mildly toxic to mammals and humans have a high chance of surviving its bite. However, people who have experience with the reptile may have a different opinion, as in the example quoted above. The parrot snake can grow to more than 2 feet in length and feeds on lizards, frogs, and birds.

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